“NEW OFFERING” TRIATHLON CLINICS

Racine MultiSports is excited to expand our offering of triathlon based clinics, this year, by partnering with Coach Ed Zerkle from Team Z. These clinics are designed for beginner to novice triathletes. Please pay attention as we have both IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL options and the in-person options are in two locations. For the in-person clinics, you will have the option to get into the water to practice swim following the lecture.

Clinic Descriptions

I)  Preparing for the Swim Leg of a Triathlon (or Open Water Swimming)

This clinic is intended for the novice or first-time triathlete. No previous knowledge of the rules or how triathlons are organized is required.  The purpose of this clinic is to educate you about equipment, strategies, and safety protocols related to an open water swimming leg of a triathlon. This is not a swimming technique clinic; this is a lecture on dry land.  We will help remove the unknown and replace that big scary void with information and a plan!  We’ll talk about the different types of wetsuits (bring one if you have it, they are not required) – how to know if they fit properly, where to get them, and what to expect to spend.  We’ll teach you things like “snorkels are legal” in triathlon swimming.  So is breaststroke, sidestroke, or backstroke (or whatever your versions of those strokes look like – nobody is judging).  So is walking.  So is hanging on a boat. And we’re not kidding. Once you have attended this clinic you will have a clear understanding of what to expect on race day and be ready to have fun.

II) Triathlon Transitions, Rules, and Race Strategy

This clinic is intended for the novice or first-time triathlete.  No previous knowledge of the rules or how triathlons are organized is required.  Attendance at this clinic will help you build confidence in yourself and remove the “fear of the unknown” before the race starts by teaching you all you need to know, and most importantly, help you truly enjoy your experience racing triathlon.

This will be a solid two-hour clinic where we will discuss planning for race day, rules to follow and how to transition from one leg to the next.  We will talk about building packing lists, race and nutrition plans, and race strategy (how hard to go, when, and for how long).  We will “pretend” walk through an entire day at a race from the minute you wake up, through parking, race setup, race finish, etc. We will address transitions – what to bring, how to set it up, and what to expect on race day.  We will detail the 10 most violated rules of the sport, including drafting and blocking; as well as review the most common mistakes made by novice triathletes and how to avoid them.  Did you ever think to wash your hands after applying sunscreen (and before you touched the inside of your goggles)?  If not, your eyes might burn the entire swim.  We’ve got many tips and tricks along these lines, and we’re certain you will learn much from this clinic!

Clinic Types

The clinics are designed to be taught In-Person or Virtually. Before signing up for a clinic, please make sure you read the details to ensure you sign up for the correct one.

In-Person Clinics

The In-Person clinics will be on location at one of the race sites where we have access to open water (lakes). The instructor for the clinic will conduct the lecture first. There will be plenty of time for Q and A. You then will have the opportunity to take part in an organized practice swim, if you chose. You will also be able to bring your bike and running shoes to further train and workout on your own.

Virtual Clinics

The Virtual clinics will be on Zoom (or other similar platform). The instructor for the clinic will conduct the lecture over Zoom. There will be plenty of time for Q and A.

Clinic Locations (In-Person)

We have two In-Person locations for our clinics. First location is Lake Arrowhead, in Luray Virginia. This location is home to the Luray Triathlon and Swim Fest Luray. The second location is Lake Royer, on the property of Fort Ritchie, in Cascade Maryland. This location is home to the Fort Ritchie Triathlon and Swim Fest Fort Ritchie.  Both locations offer us open water swimming opportunities throughout the season.

DIRECTIONS TO LAKE ARROWHEAD
DIRECTIONS TO Lake Royer

Clinic Registration

All registration must be done online prior to the clinic date, no exceptions. Registration will close once all spots sell out for a session and date. If a date is not sold out, the cutoff for registration will be 24 hours prior to each clinic.

No refunds or transfers allowed. All sales are final.

Clinic 1-

Clinic Description Preparing for the Swim Leg of a Triathlon (or Open Water Swimming)
Clinic Type In-Person
Date- Saturday, May 29th
LocationLake Arrowhead, Luray, VA
Instructor- Ed Zerkle
Schedule-
8:00-9:30am Clinic
9:30-10:00am Check in for Practice Swim
10:00-11:30am Practice Swim

Registration Fee$75.00, includes clinic & practice swim

This clinic is open to all. You do not need to be registered for one of our races to participate in this clinic. You can use this as training and preparation for any other triathlon or open water swim.

Following the lecture portion of the clinic, you will have up to 90 minutes of open water time for practice swimming.
What to Bring: Swimming gear, towel, goggles.  Water temperature expected to be in mid 70’s to low 80’s. Wetsuits are permitted.
Important COVID-19 Disclaimer for In-Person Clinics:
Participants must follow all local and state COVID guidelines while attending these clinics. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you do not participate if you are not feeling well or have a fever.
Clinic Registration

Clinic 2-

Clinic Description Official Luray Triathlon Open Water Swim and Race Venue Clinic
Clinic Type In-Person
Date- Saturday, July 17th
LocationLake Arrowhead, Luray, VA
Instructor– Ed Zerkle

Click here to learn more about this clinic and to register

Clinic 3-

Clinic Description Triathlon Transitions, Rules, and Race Strategy
Clinic Type Virtual
Date- Tuesday, July 20th
Instructor- Ed Zerkle
Schedule-
5:30-7:00pm Clinic

Registration Fee$50 for clinic only

This clinic is open to all. You do not need to be registered for one of our races to participate in this clinic. You can use this as training and preparation for any other triathlon or open water swim.

Clinic Registration

Clinic 4-

Clinic Description Preparing for the Swim Leg of a Triathlon (or Open Water Swimming)
Clinic Type In-Person
Date- Saturday, July 31st
LocationLake Royer, Cascade, MD
Instructor- Ed Zerkle
Schedule-
12:30-2:00pm Clinic
2:00-3:30pm Practice Swim

Registration Fee$75.00, includes clinic & practice swim

This clinic is open to all. You do not need to be registered for one of our races to participate in this clinic. You can use this as training and preparation for any other triathlon or open water swim.

Following the lecture portion of the clinic, you will have up to 90 minutes of open water time for practice swimming.
What to Bring: Swimming gear, towel, goggles.  Water temperature expected to be in mid 70’s to low 80’s. Wetsuits are permitted.
Important COVID-19 Disclaimer for In-Person Clinics:
Participants must follow all local and state COVID guidelines while attending these clinics. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you do not participate if you are not feeling well or have a fever.
Clinic Registration

Clinic 5-

Clinic Description Triathlon Transitions, Rules, and Race Strategy
Clinic Type Virtual
Date- Tuesday, August 10th
Instructor- Ed Zerkle
Schedule-
5:30-7:00pm Clinic

Registration Fee$50 for clinic only

This clinic is open to all. You do not need to be registered for one of our races to participate in this clinic. You can use this as training and preparation for any other triathlon or open water swim.

Clinic Registration

Clinic 6-

Clinic Description Preparing for the Swim Leg of a Triathlon (or Open Water Swimming)
Clinic Type Virtual
Date- Tuesday, August 17th
Instructor- Ed Zerkle
Schedule-
5:30-7:00pm Clinic

Registration Fee$50 for clinic only

This clinic is open to all. You do not need to be registered for one of our races to participate in this clinic. You can use this as training and preparation for any other triathlon or open water swim.

Clinic Registration

About Coach Ed Zerkle

Coach Ed Zerkle has been teaching adults how to swim and participate in triathlons for more than 25 years.  Ed owns Team Z  and is also one of the founders of Lane 4 Masters Swimming. Ed is a former collegiate swimmer and successful age-group triathlete, open water swimmer, multiple Ironman finisher, USA Triathlon Certified Coach, and former head coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Program.

About Team Z:
Team Z is an adult triathlon training program in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland for people of all experience and fitness levels. Team Z offers one of the most inclusive, social, and organized triathlon training environments in the country. Whether you are a beginner triathlete looking for step by step guidance, or an experienced iron distance racer… Team Z welcomes you! MORE INFO

About Lane 4 Master Swimming:
Lane 4, adult triathlon and swimming training programs in Washington DC, Northern VA, and MD for people of all experiences and fitness levels, is one of the most affordable, accessible, and largest adult swimming programs in the world. MORE INFO